Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Reviewccokeman -
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The GA-P55-UD6 comes with a wealth of information including the manual for the motherboard, a quick install guide, and separate manuals for both the Smart 6 software suite and a step by step Smart TPM manual so you can secure your data with 2048-bit encryption. A driver disk containing the software suites and drivers is included so there is no need to go to the web for drivers - at least not initially. Also included in the documentation is a disk that contains flash demos of the features of the GA-P55-UD6, and Ultra Durable 3 construction. The hardware part of the bundle is what I would expect with a high end board. It has you covered from the drive cables to the SLI bridge connection. A 2GB USB thumb drive is included for use with the Smart TPM feature, to hold your security for a total lock down that can be remotely accessed via a bluetooth enabled phone!
The I/O shield has each connection marked so that you cannot confuse one port with another. It is a stamped steel design that provides no other functionality. The SLI bridge connection lets you use a dual GPU setup from Nvidia on this motherboard. The SLI Bridge connection comes with the motherboard instead of with the video card because a board must support SLI for the technology to be used, while ATI cards come with the CrossfireX bridge connection. The 2GB thumb drive is for use with the TPM function of the GA-P55-UD6 and does not come with any software or data onboard.
Without the cables to hook up your drives, you just can't run the system, so what you get with the P55-UD6 is a set of four SATA cables that have locking ends to prevent the cables from pulling out of the drives. Two of these SATA cables have 90-degree ends to use in a tight location. A standard IDE cable is included, while a FDD cable is not. The combo USB/eSATA ports on the I/O panel are not the only way to connect to an eSATA drive. An expansion bracket with two additional eSATA and one power port is included, and comes with the necessary connectors.
If you have a need to show off what's inside your case, Gigabyte has included a couple of stickers that can be strategically placed to show off what you have inside.
The bundle is great to look at but without the board it's pretty much useless, so, let's see what the motherboard has to offer!